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The state's independent filmmakers often have to make low-budget films just to make ends meet. However, as filmmakers become more business-smart and local investors understand the industry better, funding and film quality will improve.
Shelby, not Wilmington, is actually the birthplace of the state's movie industry. The industry began in Shelby during the 1970s and 1980s, when self-made millionaire Earl Owensby made thirty-five low-budget, high-action films on his sound stages. Owensby starred in most of his own B-grade movies, and though the critics panned them, the films grossed millions of dollars.
Earl Owensby, founder, president and sole owner of EO Corporation, began making movies at his studio in Shelby in 1972. He has made a dozen pictures, all of them financially successful, and has acted in eight of them.